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Hungarian external causatives: Monoclausal but bi-eventive

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Abstract

In two recent papers, Horv&#225;th &#38; Siloni (H&#38;S, 2010; to appear) argue for a lexical treatment of Hungarian external (-<i>tAt</i>) causatives, as well as against the viability of any non-lexical treatment in general. Here I take issue with them on their conclusion, as well as their argumentation, to show that (i) several of their arguments are empirically unfounded, therefore (ii) their general conclusion is unwarranted, and in fact, (iii) the data do allow for a radically non-lexical treatment, the essentials of which are spelt out in the last part of the paper, although the primary aim here is just to show that H&#38;S&#39;s analysis of Hungarian causatives is not the only viable one, and not superior to a syntax-based account, either.

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